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What We’re Reading: The Night Gardener

Post by Suzanne Temple
Posted October 17, 2014 in NoveList Bookshelf

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The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

Recommended by Suzanne Temple

What is it about?

Molly and Kip are orphaned siblings from Ireland escaping to England to find work. When they are assigned to work as servants in exchange for their room and board, they discover an isolated, dilapidated manor inhabited by an unhappy family, a mysterious room, and something  (and someone) clearly supernatural in nature. Unable to escape, they are forced to confront the horrors ruling the manor.

Why I like it:

I am always seeking a horror book I can recommend to others, one without a lot of gore or graphic descriptions that some readers may find offensive or disturbing. While this book is written for tweens, I would recommend it to any reader who enjoys being scared.  The text is written in a lyrical style, which is fitting for its Victorian setting and makes it much more interesting for adults. The suspense of the story makes it a quick read, and the depth of the characters makes it easy to know them.

"I'd recommend this book to…"

Older reader who enjoy horror or suspense, especially with a historical vein, as well as adults who want to be scared without graphic, gory details.  As soon as I finished this book, I handed it to my 9-year-old who also loves horror.

Suzanne Temple is a Cataloger at NoveList.